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What is a bruise?

A bruise is also called a contusion (say: ken-too-zhen), and it forms after a hard enough bump to the soft tissues under your skin. When these tissues are injured, small…

What is a birthmark?

Birthmarks get their name for one simple reason: they are marks that are present on the skin of a lot of newborn babies! A baby can develop birthmarks either before…

What Are Freckles? & Why Do We Get Them?

Freckles are basically an uneven tan! They are also not harmful or the sign of a health problem. They’re just small batches of pigment cells (cells that contain color) called…

How come we have hair on our bodies?

Humans are mammals — just like cats, dogs, bats, elephants, monkeys and foxes. Ever notice that mammals are pretty hairy animals? That’s because mammals have to stay warm — and…

Can you get sunburned if it's cloudy outside?

Even on cloudy days, water and sand can reflect more than half of the sun’s rays on your skin. This adds up to extra exposure to your head, shoulders, and…

Why do you get goosebumps on your body but not on your face?

Goosebumps are caused by smooth muscle that pulls on your hair follicles, causing indentation. Then you get that characteristic raised-and-lowered looking skin. The pulling makes the hairs stand up. We…

Why do people blush when they're embarrassed?

Blushing is a nervous reaction that triggers tiny blood vessels in your skin to widen. This allows more blood to flow to your skin and creates that reddening effect that…

How can poison ivy make me itch so much?

A clear, sticky oil called urushiol (pronounced yoo-roo-shee-ol) puts the “poison” in poison ivy. This oil oozes from the plant whenever it gets cut or crushed. It also causes an…

What makes people have different skin colors?

Under your outer layer of skin, there are special cells which make a pigment called melanin. How much melanin there is in your skin determines whether you are light or…

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